AMTOB Secretary General TIM Nurul Kabir recently briefed the media about the SIM reregistration process that discussed in a meeting held recently. Subscribers will get six months to complete the re-registration process for their mobile SIM cards in the first phase, the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) informed .It has also informed that there is possibility to disconnect the unregistered SIMs very soon. He said, “The experimental SIM re-registration of all operators using the biometric system will begin from Nov 1. This will officially kick off on Dec 16 and will continue for next six months.”He said the next steps would be decided after six months. All of the nearly 130 million subscribers in Bangladesh would have to go through the process, Kabir said. “This process will continue until re-registration of all the SIMs is completed.”
The government recently ordered the mobile phone operators to thoroughly examine all the subscribers’ information and re-register the SIMs following allegations that criminals were misusing SIMs they had bought under false identities or without registration.
Asked whether the re-registration deadline was being extended to avoid switching off the unregistered SIMs, Nurul Kabir said, “The unregistered SIMs will be cut off at one point. Telecom regulator BTRC, the Post and Telecommunications Division and the operators will together decide when that will happen.”
The AMTOB secretary general, however, said a subscriber would be able to register again to reactivate a SIM deactivated after the expiry of the re-registration deadline.